The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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May 2, 2013

Win, college deal make it big day for Carthage's Harris

CARTHAGE, Mo. — Wednesday was a big day for Carthage High School senior Cade Harris.

First he signed a letter of intent to play baseball next year at Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville, Iowa.

Just over two hours later he pitched a three-hitter as the Tigers decked Hillcrest 10-1.

Harris, a right-hander, struck out seven and walked three in raising his record to 4-0.

“Cade is a guy who really developed last year from the beginning of the season to the end,” Tigers coach Mike Godfrey said. “He was the guy who mastered a really good breaking ball about halfway through the season. That bumped him up from being an average guy to a really good high school pitcher.

“He’s a strike thrower. He pounds the zone. He’s a guy with three pitches and is very consistent with all three of them. From last year to this year, he’s had a little bit of arm trouble. He’s just now starting to hit his stride this year.”

Analyzing his pitching, “My strengths are quick tempo and good offspeed (pitch) and good location,” Harris said. “I need to increase my velocity.”

Harris, the son of Kevin and Missy Harris, took to the internet to find a college.

“I sent some emails out and got some information, and they liked what they saw,” Harris said. “I looked at another school in Iowa and a couple of Division III schools.

“I went up on a visit, and I liked the offer I got, and I like the place. ... I can’t wait to get up there and keep doing my thing. Hopefully I can work my way into a starting spot up there.”

Iowa Lakes is 15-18 this season. Coach Jason Nell has guided the Lakers to two 30-win seasons, and 52 players have left Iowa Lakes and played at a four-year school. The program has produced five All-Americans, seven academic All-Americans and 31 all-region players.

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